Scott is a level-five vegan and an avid collector of toe-nail clippings from Pittsburgh's older Polish neighbourhoods. In his spare time he has to put up with Pip which robs him of a lot of time and energy.
by Cormac McCarthy
An essential mccarthy western depicting the bloody meridian dividing the frontier from the wilderness. mccarthy is a man of grandiose horrifying landscapes and of bringing in nature as another character in the plot. his characters don't fall short of his landscapes either -- the judge is described as "a monstrous being who recalls Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Melville's Ahab, and Milton's Satan, and who is a figure without parallel in American literature." (from cormacmccarthy.com ). if you're gonna read mccarthy, and you really should, you should start with this one.
The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
The faulknerian classic that everybody deems way too freakin hard to understand. well, my take is that it's not too hard to read as long as you give yourself a little time to lock into faulkner's style. there's a bunch of reader helpers out there on the web and i strongly recommend trying one cuz once you finally convince yourself that this book is, in fact, readable, you'll feel like a fool for skipping over it for all of these years.
Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry
A one day trek through the mind of a delusional alcoholic set during the spanish civil in quahnahuac, mexico under the auspices of the two giant volcanoes -- popocatepetl and ixtaccihuatl. the landscapes are beautiful esp if you feel a special attachment to the mexico of days past. the counsel, the leading drunk in this play, is such a well depicted character, and lowry drops the reader right into his mind, confused about what was said and what was just thought.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
by David Foster Wallace
If you feel like peeing yourself again in public pick up this little ditty. it's short, it's light and it's funny.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
by Philip Gourevitch
If you don't know about what happened in Rwanda in the early 90's than you should and this is a great start. a great almost-narrative about what happened replete with interviews and personal account. it never ever feels like you're reading a history book.